The 6abc Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual parade held every Thanksgiving Day in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania since 1920. It is currently sponsored by and aired on ABC's affiliated Pennsylvanian television station, WPVI-TV.
The oldest Thanksgiving parade in the country, it was originally known as the Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade until the department store's closure in 1987. Since then the parade has been sponsored by WPVI (channel 6 for the Philadelphia area) and an additional sponsor which has included Dunkin' Donuts, IKEA and Boscov's.
6abc Boscov's Thanksgiving Day Parade era:
- 2004: Cookie Monster balloon introduced
- 2005: Oscar the Grouch and Kermit the Frog balloons introduced
- 2006: Bear and Tutter, and Big Bird balloons introduced
- 2007: Miss Piggy balloon introduced
6abc IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade era:
- 2008: Elmo balloon introduced, Big Bird balloon, Bear with Tutter, Kermit the Frog balloon
- 2008: Walk-around character cast of Sesame Street
- 2009: Super Grover balloon introduced, Bear with Tutter balloon, Kermit balloon, Elmo balloon
- 2010: Elmo balloon, Big Bird balloon; walk-around characters from Sesame Place (Abby, Elmo, Zoe, Prairie Dawn, Ernie, Grover, Bert, Cookie Monster, The Count, Telly)
6abc Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade era:
- 2011: Kermit the Frog balloon, Red Fraggle balloon, Apollo from Pajanimals balloon, Buddy from Dinosaur Train balloon; walk-around characters from Sesame Place (Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster)